José Filomeno dos Santos, the son of Angola’s ex-President has been formally accused of fraud over the alleged illegal transfer of $500m (£350m) from the central bank to the UK. He is also barred from leaving the country, deputy Attorney General Luis Benza Zanga said.
Dos Santos is the highest profile person targeted in new President João Lourenço’s anti-corruption drive. Read more
As Jacob Zuma is no longer president, he cannot use state resources to support his defence.
But do not get too ahead of yourself – Mr Zuma is known for fighting every single battle right till the end.
Therefore expect some pushback even after this heavy blow.
He is by law allowed to challenge this decision. In other words we might see a delay before any trial actually starts. Read more
Nigeria: Recently arrested 39-year-old vicious assassin, Adeola Williams aka Ade Lawyer, has confessed that he has killed over 100 since assassinating people was his source of livelihood.
“But now I’m born again,” he said while being paraded.
Williams, a father of three from Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State, was recently arrested over the killing of one Ganiyu Ayinla, aka Pinero, who was the P.A to Adekunle Lawal, aka Kunle Poly, the NURTW chairman in Idumota, Lagos.
While giving account of his activities, he said, “If I get a chance to regain my freedom in this life, I will never go back to crime again. Read more
South Africa’s tough talking new police minister, Bheki Cele, has promised to take war to the criminals.
Mr Cele, who was appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa in last week’s cabinet reshuffle, told national police force at a ceremony in Pretoria today:
“Whoever declares war against us, against innocent communities, against women… you want war, you get war. We shall refuse to fall in front of criminals.”
He also urged officers to sharpen their policing skills to better fight crime. Read more
In a rare show of unity, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga today addressed the nation at Harambee House, Nairobi.
Speaking during the live press briefing, the two leaders urged Kenyans to drop their differences and unite the nation.
“Our diversity appears to be a curse for us today and our children tomorrow” stated Odinga acknowledging the tribal divisions in Kenya. Read more
On 8 March during the International Women’s day, President Uhuru Kenyatta, in a rare gesture opened up on how he met First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.
According to President Uhuru, he was out swimming with his dad Jomo Kenyatta when he met a young Margaret.
President Uhuru revealed that it was his father who encouraged him to speak to Margaret, consequently ending up in marriage.
“I first met Margaret when I was out swimming with my father and he nudged me to befriend her” stated President Uhuru.
“I have now known her for most of my life. She is my friend, partner and strong supporter. Strong and successful women make a strong and successful Kenya” added President Uhuru.
Kenya’s president and opposition leader have promised to begin a process of reconciliation following last year’s bitterly contested election.
Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga spoke on national TV after holding their first public meeting since the poll.
About 150 people were killed in the aftermath of the disputed election.
Earlier this year, Mr Odinga swore himself in as the “people’s president” and refused to recognise election winner Mr Kenyatta as head of state. Read more
Ethiopian Airlines dispatched an all women crew from Addis Ababa to Buenos Aires to mark the International Women’s Day, which is today, March 8.
Addis Standard news portal shared the story on Twitter and said the crew will be operating the B787 Dreamliner.
It is not the first time Africa’s top flier has dispatched an all women crew. In December 2017, they made history by sending one such team on an intra-Africa trip from Addis Ababa to Lagos.
Toni Iwobi, Italy’s first black senator, has given an interview to the Italian newspaper Il Giornale defending his membership of the right-wing League party, which supports cracking down on immigration.
Himself a Nigerian migrant, Mr Iwobi campaigned under the slogan “Stop the Invasion” – a reference to illegal immigration. Read more
Toni Iwobi, a Nigerian IT entrepreneur who has spent 38 years in Italy, has been elected as the first black senator in the country.
He was elected in the industrial city of Brescia in northern Italy.
“Friends, it is with great emotion that I inform you that I was elected senator of the Republic! After over 25 years of battles in the great family of the league, it is about to start another great adventure! Read more